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Tiger Woods Third Shot On 18th Hole

I did not get to watch much of today’s round but what I saw was stunning. Tiger Woods, along with everyone else, plodded through the fourth day at Torrey Pines using his best skills and mettle to linger around par. In the end, Woods’ 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole was necessary to force a playoff 5th round of 18 holes tomorrow with Rocco Mediate.

In an interview after finishing with a very nice 68 on the day, Phil Mickelson opined the course was fair and forgiving enough that a very low round might be possible. That turned out not to be the case for any of the leaders, all of whom struggled to stay close to even. There were few if any miracles from any of the top five or six, but they all stayed within two or three shots of each other for the entire day. Woods’ closing birdie, the final shot of the tournament in regulation, was no miracle, but on a day when bogies were plentiful and birdies relatively rare, it was dramatic – and all the more so because it demonstrated that Tiger even on a bad day, one which began with a double bogey, will not be easily shaken off.

Tomorrow’s playoff promises to be a classic confrontation between the indefatigable Woods and the likable-yet-unheralded Mediate. Wish I did not have to work!

No, I not talking about Marines.  I’m talking about fathers.  We’re not quite “few” yet, but we are getting fewer and fewer, relatively speaking.

According to the Census Bureau, in 1970, 55.8% of families had children under the age of 18.  That was down to 47% in 2006.  Of those families with children in 1970, only 10% were female householders with no spouse present.  That grew to 23% by 2006.  Far too many “fathers” are fathers in name only.  It is hard to be a real father when you only see your children on alternate weekends.

…and never the twain shall meet.

Of course, Kipling was, as usual, writing about India, but this article, by Ian Buruma, discusses some fundamental differences between the oriental and occidental cultures.  Particularly, he notes,

Why are French, British and American warships, but not Chinese or Malaysian warships, sitting near the Burmese coast loaded with food and other necessities for the victims of Cyclone Nargis?

Why has the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) been so slow and weak in its response to a natural calamity that ravaged one of its own members?

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Man, anybody who says watching golf championships is not the greatest slack-ass form of passive entertainment the world has ever known is lying to themselves and to the universe at large.

U.S. Open Day Two

Tiger came back from a so-so 72, one above par the first day, with a fantastic 3-under 68 on day two – accomplished via a blistering 30 on the back nine, bad knee and all.

He is one behind Stuart Appleby, but riding a level of momentum that has got to have everyone else in the tournament once again performing personal gut checks. The weekend should be good.

Yes, I am back, ready to kick more booty and take even yet more names.

Here’s what happened: Late Wednesday night, an automatic “Windows Update” of XP Professional kicked in while I was not looking, and rebooted my Toshiba A210 laptop. My computer automatically rebooted, and after that, the wireless adapter would not work.

I rebooted our wireless router, rebooted the computer, and still got zero connectivity. Up until this point, the Toshiba had been flawless since I bought it late last year.

Losing the wireless adapter would have been a huge problem because it is the only convenient way I can get online at home, and being forced to blog solely via my ethernet connection at work would have certainly reduced my participation here to little-old-lady levels, to say the least. I rarely begin to blog before 11:00 pm.

But the solution was a simple one, which I hold out as one which all of us poor stooges locked into Microsoft operating systems should be intimately aware of.

The trick is to bring your computer back to the previous “working” configuration.

On the Toshiba, this means right at startup (when you are presented with the option of pressing F2 for BIOS configuration) press F8, and choose “last known good configuration.” This will reverse the nefarious Windows update and bring your computer back to a working state. I had to move my “NETGEAR” home network back the top of the stack of “available wireless networks” and was back in business.

I suggest the next step is to find out how to turn off automatic Windows updates, and will post that whenever I figure it out. Whatever Microsoft purportedly assayed to accomplish with their forced update, I am going to bravely declare I will live without. Which I would love to be able to say about their whole company someday. But for now the lesson is, beware the automatic Windows update.

…how many  legs does a dog have?

Four.  You can call a tail a leg, but that does not make it a leg.

Barack Obama may call himself a Christian, but that does not make him one.

This article by Cal Thomas questions Obama’s belief in the core belief in Christianity:

Mr. Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Mr. Obama doesn’t meet that requirement. One cannot deny central tenets of the Christian faith, including the deity and uniqueness of Christ as the sole mediator between God and man and be a Christian. Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called “false prophets.”

Be that as it may, what is perhaps more interesting to me is this:

Mr. Obama’s campaign for the conservative Christian vote, which has largely gone to the Republican presidential candidate in recent elections, has been dubbed the “Joshua Generation Project.” Joshua, Moses’ successor, led the Israelites into the Promised Land.

Joshua did more than that.  He led, at God’s command, the nearly complete destruction of everything and everyone in the Promised Land.  “They devoted the city [Jericho] to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.”  (Joshua 6:21)  “When Israel had finished killing all the men of Ai in the fields and in the desert where they had chased them, and when every one of them had been put to the sword, all the Israelites returned to Ai and killed those who were in it.  Twelve thousand men and women fell that day—all the people of Ai.  For Joshua did not draw back the hand that held out his javelin until he had destroyed all who lived in Ai.”  (Joshua 8:24-26)

Only Gibeon was spared, because the Gibeonite messengers tricked Joshua into a treaty by telling him their city was far away.  As for the rest:

 28 That day Joshua took Makkedah. He put the city and its king to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it. He left no survivors. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.

29Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Makkedah to Libnah and attacked it. 30 The LORD also gave that city and its king into Israel’s hand. The city and everyone in it Joshua put to the sword. He left no survivors there. And he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho.

 31Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Libnah to Lachish; he took up positions against it and attacked it. 32The LORD handed Lachish over to Israel, and Joshua took it on the second day. The city and everyone in it he put to the sword, just as he had done to Libnah. 33Meanwhile, Horam king of Gezer had come up to help Lachish, but Joshua defeated him and his army—until no survivors were left.

 34Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Lachish to Eglon; they took up positions against it and attacked it. 35They captured it that same day and put it to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it, just as they had done to Lachish.

 36Then Joshua and all Israel with him went up from Eglon to Hebron and attacked it. 37They took the city and put it to the sword, together with its king, its villages and everyone in it. They left no survivors. Just as at Eglon, they totally destroyed it and everyone in it.

 38Then Joshua and all Israel with him turned around and attacked Debir. 39They took the city, its king and its villages, and put them to the sword. Everyone in it they totally destroyed. They left no survivors. They did to Debir and its king as they had done to Libnah and its king and to Hebron.

 40 So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings. He left no survivors. He totally destroyed all who breathed, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded. 41Joshua subdued them from Kadesh Barnea to Gaza and from the whole region of Goshen to Gibeon. 42 All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.

(Joshua 10)

Is this what Obama wants for those who do not follow him?

In an earlier post, I lament the impending demise of “Western Civilization.”  Gadfly “Sanity” suggests that, to keep that from happening, we should, “commit to freedom (yay SCOTUS!).”  I can only assume that he was referring to the SCOTUS  decision to allow Gitmo detainees to file habeas corpus writs in federal court.

Viscerally, I do not like the decision.  As far as I’m concerned, terrorists have no rights.  The problem is, who are the terrorists?  Is there no chance at all that someone at Gitmo is wrongly imprisoned?  That is the whole point of a habeas petition.  When a soldier is captured in uniform, it is clear that he is a soldier of the enemy.  But without a uniform…?

The problem is, where are the witnesses?  Are we going to call soldiers back from Iraq and Afghanistan to testify?  Well, Congress is going to have to go back to work and answer that question.  Even so, we are not fighting WWII-style, in which soldiers did only one tour of duty.  We rotate our soldiers now, and they can testify when they are home.

So while I do not really like the decision, I think it is the right one.